May 2017 Around Town 1

San Diego Restaurant Week supports Girl Scouts

The San Diego Girl Scouts partnered with Restaurant Week this year to celebrate their 100th anniversary. Local chefs celebrated a century of Girl Scouts selling cookies and Girl Scouts San Diego with innovative sweet and savory dishes! During San Diego Restaurant Week, diners satisfied cookie cravings by dining out at certain participating restaurants before Girl Scout Cookie season began, enjoying dishes featuring Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, etc. Marine Room’s Chef Bernard Guillas shared, “San Diego Restaurant Week plays an important role in promoting culture and cuisine. Our patrons bring an emotional connection while on a gastronomical journey creating new memories and traditions.” SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com

Museum of Contemporary Art Expansion Plans Approved

The San Diego Planning Commission unanimously approved plans for a $55 million expansion of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)’s La Jolla campus. This quadruples the museum’s exhibit space from 10,000 square feet to 40,000, adding ocean-view terraces and increasing parking by replacing a 24-space surface lot with a 41-space underground garage, and converting the surface lot into an outdoor sculpture garden. MCASD.org

REVERED RED O RESTAURANT OPENS IN LA JOLLA

Red O Restaurants, Taste of Mexico, debut their fourth location, Red O La Jolla, this month, featuring a menu focused on classic Mexican dishes, as well as prime steaks and seafood. The culinary team at Red O La Jolla sources local and sustainable ingredients to create flavorful dishes with a focus on quality, while keeping true to the flavors of Mexico. The restaurant is located just across the street from Westfield UTC, offering easy access from the I-5 and I-805 freeways. RedORestaurant.com

Jeff Mitchum Galleries Opens Newest Gallery at La Plaza La Jolla

La Jolla art collectors gathered at Jeff Mitchum Galleries to welcome fellow San Diegan and internationally-renowned landscape photographer, Jeff Mitchum, as well as other accomplished artists he now features in his galleries. The fine art of Sir Anthony Hopkins, including serigraphs, inks and original acrylics on canvas were on exhibit as guests entered the new gallery. Jeff Mitchum Galleries, San Diego, is located at La Plaza La Jolla off Girard Avenue. JeffMitchumGalleries.com

WESTFIELD UTC’s WORLD-CLASS CULINARY LINEUP

Westfield UTC will continue to evolve as an urban lifestyle and elevated dining destination with a diverse array of new culinary offerings set to debut in 2017 – from cutting-edge casual concepts to award-winning upscale eateries. The existing dining terrace has already begun to introduce new dining options, including all-American burger joint, Johnny Rockets, which opened in early January; Korean eatery Bibigo; poke spot Kazanori Poke & Wraps (from the creators of San Diego-favorite, Pokirrito); and several others, with openings planned within the next several months and later into the year. These are just some of the names that will join the center’s diverse roster of places to eat. The addition of these dining purveyors will further enrich Westfield UTC’s thoughtfully curated collection of culinary, shopping and entertainment experiences that embody the relaxed luxury of La Jolla, the shopping center’s seaside community. Westfield.com

LJS&C Choral Director David Chase To Retire

Before taking his final bow as Choral Director of La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) in June, David Chase gathered a crowd of choral enthusiasts for an afternoon of serious-but-fun community-building with singing, calling it his “Sayonara Sing”. Chase is well-known as conductor of San Diego’s longest-running Messiah-Sing, which he conducted under the auspices of La Jolla Symphony & Chorus for 39 years. “As always, this will be an occasion for musical fellowship — concentrated work with choral music colleagues — one final dollop of the kind of work that we always do together!” Chase said. Chase concludes his 43-year tenure, conducting chorus and orchestra in the season finale on June 10-11. LJS&C is an affiliate of UC San Diego. LaJollaSymphony.com

Don Young Premiere Showing and Private Reception

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty hosted a private reception and the premiere showing of Timescale Oil Paintings by Don Young. Guests met the artist and viewed his new 16-piece collection of contemporary art featuring paintings that capture the passage of time and light on canvas. After a 30 year career as an internationally acclaimed graphic designer and creative director, Young founded Don Young Studio in 1993 and began painting full time. His oil paintings are now included in many prominent art collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. DonYoungStudio.com